The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews to move its Chicago office to new space at 303 E. Wacker Drive
March 16, 2022
JERUSALEM — In March 2022, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which has had its U.S. headquarters in Chicago since its founding in 1983, will move into a new space at 303 E. Wacker Drive.
Following a nearly yearlong search, and with a lease expiring at its current location, the organization found a space that is more cost efficient, has better amenities, and ample room to grow. Last year, the organization, which is the largest provider of humanitarian aid in Israel, marked a milestone of helping more than 2 million people. Currently, The Fellowship is providing essential aid to thousands of Jews affected by the crisis in Ukraine.
“After two long years of remote working, we are excited to welcome back our Chicago staff to a beautiful new office that provides inspiration and a space for collaboration, creative thinking, and teamwork,” said Fellowship President and CEO Yael Eckstein.
As many companies work on their return-to-office plans, Fellowship Global COO Robin Van Etten determined early on that working together in a physical environment is critical in maintaining a healthy and thriving organizational culture. “Over the past two years, we learned that while our staff members enjoy the flexibility of remote work, they also value in-person human interaction,” Van Etten said. “That can’t be duplicated in a remote work environment.
“Our goal is to offer the best of both remote and in-office work by giving employees the option of working from home two days a week. Our new office is a wonderful way to welcome back staff into our new hybrid schedule, support our growing mission, and foster the culture that helps make The Fellowship a great place to work.”
Yael Eckstein was quick to add that, though the location of The Fellowship’s Chicago office is changing, the organization’s mission is not.
“We’re still the same organization committed to blessing Israel and Jewish people in need around the world with lifesaving aid,” Eckstein said. “We’re still committed to finding new and innovative ways to deliver help to those in need as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“I’m deeply grateful to the supporters and staff who make this work possible, and I think our new Chicago office will help us fulfill that mission long into the future.”